Hello, my name is Mr. Smith. This is my twenty-eighth year of teaching and my twenty-second at Oak Park Elementary. I grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I moved to California in 1997 to teach at Oak Park Elementary. My favorite activities are reading, Jiu Jitsu, and riding my bike.
This summer I completed my third year of Jiu Jitsu. It has been a challenging and exciting time developing my Jiu Jitsu techniques. In June, I went to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Ocean City, New Jersey. I had a great time visiting my family. Here are a few of the highlights: While in Philly, I enjoyed quite a few Philly cheese steaks and hoagies. (They were delicious, but I had to make sure and get plenty of exercise to burn off all of those extra calories!) While in Ocean City, I had a great time playing at the beach. The Atlantic Ocean was a bit chilly and I had a great time riding the waves with my nephews. Back in California, I also was able to get to the beach a few times. The Pacific Ocean was even cooler than the Atlantic, but I still had a great time splashing around. The last couple of weeks was spent preparing for the new school year. Throughout the summer I read many teaching books. I can’t wait to share what I learned with you!